Historic Hartford church vandalized twice in as many days

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Hartford church vandalismHARTFORD — A historic church in Hartford was vandalized twice in two days, including an incident where someone tore up a “Black Lives Matter” banner.

The Hartford Courant reports the two acts of vandalism at Christ Church Cathedral on Church Street were discovered Wednesday and Thursday morning respectively.

The first incident was the defacing of the banner. Church leaders say was the fourth time it was damaged. The Very Rev. Miguelina Howell, dean of the cathedral, says someone sliced off the word “black” to make the sign read “Lives Matter.”

hartford church vandalism 2The second incident, believed to be unrelated, was damage done to the wood and glass entrance to the church. Howell believes the culprit was a homeless man who was shooed away earlier.

The church has reported both incidents to police.

Last year, a rock on UConn’s campus was painted to say “black lives matter” and “racism in Storrs.” The next morning, the words “black” and “racism” had been painted over so that the message said “lives matter in Storrs.”

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